So, with the head taken apart, the new valves dropped in, all the valves lapped, the head cleaned (and washed a second time outside with LOTS of solvent), and the lifters cleaned up, it was time to put things back together.
For those of you who have never taken a valve assembly out, or if you have and still didn't understand how the valve keepers work, here we go!
Here are the keepers. These two halves fit together and the ridge you can see at the far edge of the inside of the keepers will fit in the groove of the top of the valve stem.
The keepers fit together in the valve spring top cap in a key-stone shape. This is how they will sit on the valve. (a magnet under the paper towel works nicely for staging photographs!)
Here is how they will fit in the top cap.
And here is the completed mock-up with both valve keepers installed.
With the valve spring seats in, new seals in place, valve inserted, valve spring in, and valve spring top cap in place, you can set the valve keepers down in place.
Now, you just press down on the top of the valve spring cap, hold your tongue just right in your mouth, and the keepers fall into place.
I installed the keepers on all but one spring with a pair of needle nose pliers pushing down on the spring and gently jiggling the top to get the keepers to fall in place.
One of them fell in place with the first push. 4 of them went in after three or four attempts, with me having to remove the spring and fish out one of the keepers with needle nose pliers from deep in the head to try again each time. However, 1 of them would NOT go in. I was cold, tired, and losing light - and the spring ejected one of the keepers up and into the snow bank in front of the house (I was working on the front stoop due to solvent use). OOPS! So, I had to get one of the keepers off the currently installed head before I could continue.
I made this little tool out of a piece of black gas pipe from the old furnace in my basement. I cut a notch in the side of the pipe to form a window to look through and poke the keepers into place.
Here is the shot with the keepers in place, and then a shot with the lifter in.
All done, ready to swap intakes and drop on the block.